dpkg-scanpackages(1) — Linux manual page


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NAME         top

       dpkg-scanpackages - create Packages index files

SYNOPSIS         top

       dpkg-scanpackages [option...] binary-path [override-file [path-
       prefix]] > Packages

DESCRIPTION         top

       dpkg-scanpackages sorts through a tree of Debian binary packages and
       creates a Packages file, used by apt(8), dselect(1), etc, to tell the
       user what packages are available for installation. These Packages
       files are the same as those found on Debian archive sites and CD-
       ROMs. You might use dpkg-scanpackages yourself if making a directory
       of local packages to install on a cluster of machines.

       Note: If you want to access the generated Packages file with apt you
       will probably need to compress the file with xz(1) (generating a
       Packages.xz file), bzip2(1) (generating a Packages.bz2 file) or
       gzip(1) (generating a Packages.gz file). apt ignores uncompressed
       Packages files except on local access (i.e.  file:// sources).

       binary-path is the name of the tree of the binary packages to process
       (for example, contrib/binary-i386).  It is best to make this relative
       to the root of the Debian archive, because every Filename field in
       the new Packages file will start with this string.

       override-file is the name of a file to read which contains
       information about how the package fits into the distribution (the
       file can be compressed since dpkg 1.15.5); see deb-override(5).

       path-prefix is an optional string to be prepended to the Filename

       If more than one version of a package is found only the newest one is
       included in the output. If they have the same version and only differ
       in architecture only the first one found is used.

OPTIONS         top

       -t, --type type
              Scan for *.type packages, instead of *.deb.

       -e, --extra-override file
              Scan file to find supplementary overrides (the file can be
              compressed since dpkg 1.15.5).  See deb-extra-override(5) for
              more information on its format.

       -a, --arch arch
              Use a pattern consisting of *_all.deb and *_arch.deb instead
              of scanning for all debs.

       -h, --hash hash-list
              Only generate file hashes for the comma-specified list
              specified (since dpkg 1.17.14).  The default is to generate
              all currently supported hashes.  Supported values: md5, sha1,

       -m, --multiversion
              Include all found packages in the output.

       -M, --medium id-string
              Add an X-Medium field containing the value id-string (since
              dpkg 1.15.5).  This field is required if you want to generate
              Packages.cd files for use by the multicd access method of

       -?, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.

ENVIRONMENT         top

              Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).  The currently
              accepted values are: auto (default), always and never.

              If set, it will be used to decide whether to activate Native
              Language Support, also known as internationalization (or i18n)
              support (since dpkg 1.19.0).  The accepted values are: 0 and 1

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       dpkg-scanpackages outputs the usual self-explanatory errors. It also
       warns about packages that are in the wrong subdirectory, are
       duplicated, have a Filename field in their control file, are missing
       from the override file, or have maintainer substitutions which do not
       take effect.

SEE ALSO         top

       dpkg(1), dselect(1), deb-override(5), deb-extra-override(5),

COLOPHON         top

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1.19.6-2-g6e42d5                 2019-03-25             dpkg-scanpackages(1)

Pages that refer to this page: dpkg-scansources(1)dselect(1)deb-extra-override(5)deb-override(5)